Why Iowans Drank More During the Pandemic
The past year has been tough for all of us. Some people have struggled more during this time than most. During the peak of the pandemic, it became commonplace to see people joking or referencing how much they've been drinking on social media. I even saw a few viral videos of people drinking before noon.
I know I've absolutely joked about it.
According to a study at Iowa State University, a certain group of people admit to drinking way more during the pandemic. As reported by Radio Iowa, nearly two-thirds of women drank or are drinking alcohol more often since COVID-19 hit the United States.
The professor behind the project, Susan Stewart, found that anxiety related to COVID-19 lead to more women drinking on a daily basis, as well as earlier in the day.
Of course it also lead to more binge drinking.
Women have seen far more negative effects from the virus than men. The majority of job losses were lost by women. In December of 2020, out of the approximate 140,000 job losses that month reports say that more than 90 percent of those jobs were lost by women.
While I enjoy having a glass of wine (or sometimes two on the weekends), I also understand that addiction is no easy beast to overcome. It's a disease that can prey on people during their darkest times...like the whole of 2020 for many of us. If you or someone you know may be struggling with addiction check out the resources here.